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Storing Your Gear. Display or packed away?

 
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Jan 08, 2015 08:51 |  #1

How do you store your gear? Do you have a "gear room"? Do you put all of your stuff on a shelf or tuck it away in a box when not in use? As I continue to acquire more gear leaving everything in my camera bag is becoming too much of a hassle and inconvenience. If any of you have any cool displays for your gear please post the pics! :lol: I would like to make some sort of shelf to display everything but looking to do something a bit different.

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Jan 08, 2015 08:58 |  #2

I generally keep my un-used lenses, flashes and bodies in a safe. A display on a shelf would be cool but I prefer the peace of mind of having the stuff in a safe.




  
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Jan 08, 2015 09:16 |  #3

In a Pelican case, readily available to be swapped out into my carry bag.


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Jan 08, 2015 09:34 |  #4

I have a spare bedroom that I converted a 'photography' room. Typical desk setup with 27 inch iMac and printer. I have a big magnetic whiteboard where I hang prints for a while to make sure I'm happy with them. I customized the closet with shelves of varying height to accommodate my gear. Bags and tripods on the bottom, empty boxes on the top and everything else in between. The room is on the second floor so I tend to keep a body and 1 or 2 of my most used lenses near the front door for convenience.


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Jan 08, 2015 09:41 |  #5

A cool display might be nice but security is more important. I keep extra lenses in a bag, also cuts down on dust, and that bag is stowed away in safe or secured locker.




  
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Jan 08, 2015 09:52 |  #6

Pelican case as well. I have my gear in my backpack that I carry based on need. Then anything else is stored in a pelican in the closet of the art/craft room. Keeps them dust free and somewhere easy to access when I want/need to change out the kit for shoots. If I put it in a safe, I would be less likely to quickly grab what I need.
But I only have enough gear for a couple of kits. I also keep my lighting, stands, modifiers in the same closet. So everything is in one place so I don't have to go looking for them.
As for security, I have two rottweilers, so I don't worry too much about someone coming in and finding/taking my stuff.


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Jan 08, 2015 11:27 |  #7

I have 2 very large draws in the living room - one is 5D, L-lenses and lights, the one is lightstands, tripod & modifiers like collapsible softboxes.

I also have more lightsands and a boom arm under the sofa, and a beauty dish, less collapsible softbox, collapsible blackgrounds and large reflectors under the bed :lol:

My SL1 is always out and to hand in case I need to grab a camera and I'm less worries about my toddler finding and playing with that.



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Jan 08, 2015 12:01 |  #8

Display camera gear? Like the equipment itself is art or something? How meta...

Just a bag/case placed somewhere safe and out of sight from windows, for most of the same reasons I do it for my power tools and handguns.


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Jan 08, 2015 12:20 as a reply to  @ MNUplander's post |  #9

Yea, I guess you could say that.


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Jan 08, 2015 12:27 |  #10

I bought a small cabinet that resembles my kitchen cabinets. Doesn't stick out to attract attention should someone break into my house. It's not in the kitchen, but close enough not to look out of place. I replaced the shelves with glass ones, and installed LED lights that come on when I open the door, turn off after 10 minutes.




  
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Jan 08, 2015 13:23 |  #11

Sounds pretty neat. Any pictures of this setup?


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Jan 08, 2015 14:05 as a reply to  @ njstacker22's post |  #12

I have a book case in our spare bedroom that has most of my gear on it, box's and books on the bottom two shelves, body, lens, filters, flashes and such are on the upper shelves. Tripods and lightstands and what not are kept out in our studio space. I keep everything more or less ready, just two nights ago we had a mind blowing sunset and grabbed my body and headed out to snap some images.




  
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Jan 08, 2015 23:03 |  #13

Display camera gear? Really? Bodies and lenses are not "cool looking" or "neat to look at". No, they aren't. They are just tools; machines, if you will.

It is the photos themselves that are supposed to be displayed. I mean, do architects display their slide rulers and drafting pencils? Do artists put their messy tubes of oil paints out on display? Do taxidermists put their scalpels and excelsior out for all to see? Heck no! Rather, they display their buildings, paintings, and mounted specimens, respectively. Likewise, photographers should be interested not in displaying the tools of their trade, but rather the results of their creative efforts.


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Jan 08, 2015 23:41 |  #14

I've just got a TV stand in my spare bedroom with a shelf that I put everything on. Or gear stays in the backpack it was last in. If I was shooting at night and went to bed the camera might end up on the floor or pile of clothes...... I really don't have a very organized storage system right now. But when I do get the spare room cleaned up it will be my man cave for my hiking/camping and photo gear. After I get shelves made and things sorted I will use the TV stand shelf like I used to.

All the boxes for everything I have is in my shed on the loft all stacked up.


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Jan 09, 2015 00:12 |  #15

In bags, boxes, drawers or cupboards... i.e. well away.

I have no interest in my photography gear generally unless I'm working. In which case I'll only take it out to use, clean or charge it.


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